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July 30, 2021
Never Too Early featuring the Jolly Holiday Christmas Tree Skirt from Curlicue Creations

The Island Batik Ambassador July challenge was to make a holiday themed project.  I chose to make a Christmas tree skirt, as I've never had one.  My poor tree has been wrapped in a red and green plaid table cloth all these years.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
I designed my Christmas tree skirt in EQ8.  I was surprised at how easy and fun it was to make this project.

I used the new Holly Holiday by Kathy Engle fabric collection.  I really love the gold ...

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July 28, 2021
Island Batik Ambassador Box #2 Unboxing ~ Second Look from Curlicue Creations

Did you see my Island Batik Ambassador unboxing video yesterday?  Today I'm showing photos of everything so you can get a second look.  This is the Fancy Feathers Collection, plus two coordinating fabrics.  I'll be using this fabric in my August blog hop project.  You can see my project soon, on August 12th.  Be sure to mark your calendar.  I'll be giving away some of this gorgeous fabric as part of the hop.

Disclosure:  The items in this post were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
This bundle coordinates ...

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July 27, 2021
Island Batik - Unboxing Part 2 from Sew Preeti Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive fabric from Island Batik and other supplies from industry partners (Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, Bags by Annie, and Studio 180), twice a year. The first set of boxes were received in January 2021.

Island Batik Boxes and the Video Shoot Setup

The second set of boxes were received in July 2021. Here is my home video showing the goodies as I unbox them.

For the August Challenge (Try a Tool) and Blog Hop, I will be working with Island Batik's Butterfly Blooms collection.

Butterfly Blooms

Foundations to Match Spring 2021 Bundle

Matching Yardage ...

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July 9, 2021
A new pattern! from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I've had a quilt rattling around in my head for a bit and I am happy to say the pattern has become a reality. 

"Encircling" is a great design to showcase large prints and gorgeous florals, and when I saw Tula Pink's "Curiouser and Curiouser" line I knew it was perfect.  A trip to Mrs Pugsley's Emporium in Amherst yielded this stack of Fat Quarters.  I paired it with Fairy Dust for the background, and a black solid for the rings and binding. 

It was fun to see how closely the fabric matches the artwork on the ...

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July 5, 2021
Island Batik July Challenge - The Holly Family from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for July urged us to get an early start on Christmas and other end of the year holiday projects!

In my first Island Batik Ambassador Box, I had received a strip set of Holly Holiday fabric, designed by Kathy Engle. With deep red/dark green colors and reindeer/pine shaped trees it screams Christmas. Naturally I set it aside for the July challenge.

Holly Holiday Strips


I chose to make a tree skirt.

We have a small Christmas tree and some years we even put it up, when we are not traveling. If I make ...

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June 17, 2021
Spread Love and Joy featuring Morning Star from Curlicue Creations

Meet Morning Star.  This is my Island Batik Ambassador challenge project for June.

This month's theme is Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt.  The guidelines are to create a gift of comfort, using the Accuquilt die we received in our first ambassador box of the year combined with designs from the 8" Qube dies.

Note:  The materials used to create this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners Accuquilt, Aurifil, Hobbs, and Schmetz.

I was super excited to receive the Morning Star die.  It's fabulous!  It looks a little intimidating with all those triangles ...

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June 12, 2021
Island Batik June Challenge - Novella from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for June 2021 reads as follows:

The challenge for you is to use the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies from your Ambassador box, the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two!

Here is my response

Novella, 11" by 66"

And here is the Story.

BOB means Block on Board. In other words, the complete block is on a single die. I received Snails Trails Die.

Snails Trail BOB Die

All units in one place

Cut Pieces

First Block

In my opinion, the best complement to Snails ...

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May 29, 2021
Joy Quilt Block and Pattern from Curlicue Creations

This is the Joy quilt block.  It pairs with the Faith quilt block that I showed last week.
This is an update for a block pattern in my Etsy shop.  Here's how I made it:

I used a fusible applique method for this block,  Here's some of the leaf pieces laid out on the back of the green fabric.

These are the flower centers fused to the back of the yellow orange fabric.

Cutting out the fused patches.

Arranging leaves on the background square.

Arranging stems and flowers on the background square.

Adding more leaves.  At this point ...

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May 28, 2021
quilt label X gold needles from Charm About You

An important part of the process is quilt labelling. Do you label your quilts? 

Despite not yet having a finish, the idea for a label came to me and I jumped right in! There's no point in waiting to create, might as well stitch when the mood strikes. Here I show you my process for making this label, share some favourite tools and there's a chance to win a jar of Hemline Gold needles.
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April 27, 2021
Crumb Quilting from Samelia's Mum

More is more, right?

I put together a patchworky rainbowy panel with the crumb blocks I was playing with the other day. You can read about it here.

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March 28, 2021
Quilty Pages Needlebook by Princess in a Pouch Designs from In the Boondocks

Quilty Pages Needlebook 
by Sarah Gozzo

Available on Etsy

This is my needlebook!

Available on her blog
Princess in a Pouch Designs

The pattern is made for anyone who sews
beginners to advanced!
It has a lot of ways to add your own spin on it!

I knew the thing missing from all my other needlebooks 
was a zipper pouch to keep my needle threader 
and ThimblePads by Colonial Needle! You can get ThimblePads at the 

I looked up on YouTube and watched a video
on how to sew vinyl (Vinyl Zipper Pouch) the ...

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March 27, 2021
clam points and leaves ~ epp from Charm About You


curved English paper pieced shapes, modern fabrics epp leaves and points

I am excited to be writing about this make because it's such a fun and useful way to use English paper piecing shapes/blocks. I've made a new project bag and decorated it with epp. There are so many tips and tricks I can share with you; epp curves, light fabrics on dark backgrounds, neat applique top stitching and the awkwardness of metal bits on zips - oh I'm covering it all today!
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March 12, 2021
Friday check in: thread source and batik stars from With Strings Attached

I am not buying fabric during Lent.  But thread is not fabric!  Someone on an online group recommended  Wawak.   A few clicks later I had an online shopping cart filled with Aurifil thread.  ** $7.95 ** per 1440-yard spool.  That's the everyday price!  The order came within a week.  I am sold!

The batik variable stars are now a flimsy. I made 36 blocks and used 32 of them. It may not look like it, but there is a color arrangement -- warm backgrounds in the center and cooler backgrounds around the perimeter.   (The four blocks I did not use were ...

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March 5, 2021
midnight sewing basket makeover from Charm About You

The other night I couldn't sleep and I did what any crafter might do, I starting pottering around my sewing space. On the windowsill sits a sewing basket. A perfectly nice, floral sewing basket. I think it was gifted to me but I don't actually remember.  I really like the colours but it's a little twee for my taste and it doesn't really fit my vibe. So - I'm sure to some peoples utter horror - I found a way to make it more me. 

Now if you've been here a while, you know I love ...

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March 2, 2021
vintage sewing set ~ scissor fob from Charm About You

A satisfying and useful little make, combining things I love and using up what I have - this scissor fob is keeping my scissors safe!

I have been so enjoying a lot of hand stitching time recently and my cross stitch obsession is growing. Counted cross stitch is so relaxing, I have to concentrate enough so that my mind is not engulfed in worries or to do lists (as it often is) and the patterns mean that even though you are repeating the same stitch over and over it doesn't get boring. Also you can create little projects like this ...

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February 23, 2021
kerchief girl ⋈ bow tie laptop case from Charm About You

It's great being asked to create a project when it's something you actually need! I've had my current laptop for a while but didn't have a case for it. My youngest has adopted my previous laptop, since all the online schooling started it made sense for her to use it. She has adopted my last homemade case to go with it. Clearly we don't need them for travel but it's nice to put devices away at the end of the day and keep them safe from dust and spills and the like. 

The brief ...

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January 28, 2021
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Are you ready to be organized, Caught up, and start something new? How is that for a question?

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February is going to be filled with Love every step of the way!

My calendar lists all the sew along and I have daily prompts too!


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*** See how I do a pieced quilt back ***

  • Help me pick which border to do for my Prim Cross stitch ...

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January 27, 2021
sew organised from Charm About You

I'm going to show you around a little bit, sharing how I (try to) keep my sewing supplies and projects organised and how, as someone that has a lot of projects on the go, I like to keep things accessible and easy! The theme of this post 'sew organised' is the Aurifil Artisan challenge for this month and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a peek at my honest craft space. Hopefully some of these ideas or tips might be helpful to you, or you simply enjoy seeing what works for me.

I do not have a ...

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January 21, 2021
Island Batik - The Unboxing from Sew Preeti Quilts

There is a first time for everything, right?  This is my first attempt at making a video. 

I hope that what I lack in production quality and overall appeal is balanced (somewhat) by my genuine excitement.

Well, according to Blogger, my video exceeds their size limit (yes even after cropping and reducing file size). Insert raspberry here. 

You may view it on my Facebook page here.  Here are a few highlights from the Box.

Full of goodies

This gorgeous bundle contains 20 fabrics, 1/2 yard of each, which I am using in the February Blog Hop challenge. The post ...

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January 16, 2021
shapely rope basket from Charm About You


This was a 2020 finish but am just getting round to sharing it now. My hand sewn basket was a learning experience and the result truly has that handmade, rustic look. You are either going to love it or pity me!

There are plenty of tutorials out there for machine sewn and hand sewn rope baskets. I've made many machine versions but really wanted to try sewing one by hand. It has a different look that I really like and honestly I will make one again but here's what I found...

The base is really fun to stitch ...

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